Is it possible that you can become enamoured with a fictional character? The answer’s probably yes, but I think it’s crazy and weird to be in love with someone who doesn’t even exist. But I suppose that’s a writer speaking about a character that’s been developed over a decade, and can’t help but fall in love with.

That’s the way I feel about the lead character in my latest novel. Yes, he doesn’t exist except in my imagination, but working on developing his character for over ten years, well, it’s hard not to fall in love with the guy that you’ve created as Mr. Perfect, and Mr. Perfect for someone else.

He’s been through hell – losing his family and suffering physically, psychologically, and emotionally. He tries to pick up the pieces and start over, but he just can’t. He’s lost everything, and it’s awful that such a sweet, caring selfless guy has to go through so much. But this is what makes his character unique – it’s what makes him himself. He would cease to exist without all of the trauma he’s suffered…and yet he’s a doctor. It might sound ironic, but bad s*** can happen to good people, and that’s just the way life goes. And developing his character, especially as he tries to cope with everything, makes me love him that much more.

He is a hero. He is a fighter, or as his friend calls him in Hebrew, lochem. He is an inspiration, and I’m enamoured with him.

His name is Eli.


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